The Australian Farm Institute was set up in December 2004 to conduct research into strategic issues facing Australian agriculture, and to promote the outcomes to policy-makers and the wider community.
It is the strong belief of the Institute’s founders that the agriculture sector must seize the opportunity to better determine the sectors’ future. With the increasing challenges and obligations foisted on agriculture including environmental policies, natural resource management pressures, planning legislation, digital disruption, and both domestic and global marketing challenges agriculture has to take charge of its destiny. It can do this through the development of robust, objective and credible policy research so it can engage effectively with governments and the community to achieve better outcomes for agriculture and rural Australia.
Despite its relatively short history, Institute research outcomes have been influential in developing new approaches on a range of agricultural issues by governments. Institute staff members are regularly called on to deliver presentations to government and industry conferences, and government departments figure prominently amongst Institute publication subscribers.
Australian agribusiness organisations are also strong supporters of the Institute, seeing long-term value in getting the right policy settings for the sector.
The Institute aims to produce material and information that is stimulating, and which promotes thinking and debate about some of the major issues facing Australian agriculture. Ultimately, objective information and informed debate are key tools in ensuring that policies are implemented that maximise the future profitability and sustainability of the sector.